Dear Maristhill Residents and Families,
I wish to inform you that we have cleared the facility after the single positive case of Covid-19 of one of our healthcare professionals. Our staff and residents have been tested according to DPH guidelines and all the results have been negative. Thank you to the residents, their families and our staff for following the DPH guidance so we could return to our normal visitation schedule and activities for the residents.
The continuation of our infection control protocols based on DPH guidance related to the continued spread of the Delta variant requires fully vaccinated persons to wear masks or face coverings when indoors if other risk factors are present. In, addition, all health care facilities are required to continue wearing masks and face coverings regardless of vaccination status for all residents, staff, vendors and visitors. Remember that even vaccinated persons can spread the virus.
Regarding resident visits, we would recommend that you receive your vaccination as soon as possible so that you may visit your family member in their room. If you are not vaccinated, we cannot allow routine visits in the resident rooms. We can arrange for a visit in our front lobby if the visitor is not vaccinated. Maristhill would like to offer a way for a resident’s family member or friend to receive the vaccination. If, you are not vaccinated and would like to receive the vaccination, please contact Shirly Yellamaty, RN, ADON, to complete the vaccination process. The vaccination will be done at the facility. We will still provide Compassionate visits to residents regardless of vaccination status.
As a facility we are fully aware of the benefits of visits for our residents as well as the benefits for each resident’s family. We are striving to achieve these benefits along with controlling the spread of Covid-19 in our community. I would like to express our appreciation to all visitors in understanding the need to have a consistent process for visits. We should all remember that the vaccine does not ensure that a person cannot be infected with the Covid-19 virus, but it will help minimize the effects of the virus. The continued use of facemasks, hand washing with soap or the use of hand sanitizer will help the efforts to control the spread of Covid-19.
Thank you all for your support. If you have any questions, please let me know.